Wrongheaded UN Vote on Syria
Washington, rogue NATO powers, and Arab League despots move closer to belligerent intervention.
by Stephen Lendman
On February 4, Russia and China vetoed the Arab League's one-sided Syria resolution (SC/10536). It illegitimately called for Assad to step down.
Under international law, no nation or combination thereof, may interfere in the internal affairs of others, except in self-defense if attacked.
SC/10536 also called for "further measures" for noncompliance. It resembled SC/1973 on Libya. Aggressive war followed, ravaging the country lawlessly.
Russia and China want replicating Libya avoided. Passing SC/10536 risked giving Washington, NATO partners, and rogue Arab League allies responsibility to protect authority to intervene.
As a result, this unholy alliance circumvented SC authority for General Assembly passage of essentially the same text. It's non-binding but sends a message.
Syrian UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari denounced the resolution. Calling it politically motivated, he said Western nations and others want "to settle accounts with Syria."
It authorizes "violence and deliberate sabotage." It'll cause "more chaos and more crisis....The Arab (League) Trojan horse has been unmasked today. (It's) broken both politically and morally."
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called the measure "unbalanced. It directs all the demands at the government, and says nothing about the opposition." Moreover, it excluded constructive Russian amendments.
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said one called on "all sections of the Syrian opposition to dissociate themselves from armed groups engaged in acts of violence," and urged all countries act to prevent it.- Advertisement -
Another rejected amendment called for withdrawing Syrian forces from conflict areas "in conjunction with the end of attacks by armed groups against state institutions and quarters of cities and towns."
China's deputy envoy Wang Min affirmed Beijing's opposition to "armed intervention or forcing a so-called regime change in Syria."